Forestry

With their farming roots, owners Bob and Junior developed an appreciation for the land at a young age.

Foresters at Post Hardwoods have degrees from renowned universities like Michigan Tech, Purdue, and Michigan State. They have over 100 years combined of forestry and wood harvesting experience and are committed to keeping timber as a renewable resource. We won’t clear-cut forests or harvest trees smaller than 1 foot in diameter.

After wood harvesting, seedlings have more light and are able to grow. In 15 years, trees that were too small initially are now ready for harvesting. We can cut trees from the same area for 50 years and still have a forest!

Post Hardwoods has become the pinnacle in the midwest of sawmill technology.

After the fire in 2012, Bob and Junior set out to create their ideal sawmill. Every machine is built to optimize the yield out of the log, which means Post Hardwoods can give you the best price for your timber.

Our process begins with a debarker, which has special teeth designed to remove excess wood from the log. Then, the log moves to the Lumber Pro, where every square inch of the board is scanned before and during the cut. Scanning takes less than a second. After these cuts, the boards are sent to the optimizing edger, which scans the board completely. While the board goes through the edger, the saw blades move to ensure minimal waste. The boards are then sent to certified lumber inspectors.

Post Hardwoods has become the pinnacle in the midwest of sawmill technology.

After the fire in 2012, Bob and Junior set out to create their ideal sawmill. Every machine is built to optimize the yield out of the log, which means Post Hardwoods can give you the best price for your timber.

From the start, the debarker has special teeth designed to remove no excess wood from the log. Then, the log moves to the Lumber Pro, where every square inch of the board is scanned before and during the cut. This scanning takes place in less than a second. After these cuts, the boards are sent to the optimizing edger, which scans the board completely. While the board goes through the edger, the saw blades move to ensure minimal waste is produced. The boards are then sent to certified lumber inspectors.

It’s not possible to turn every inch of a log into usable lumber, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to waste any of it!

The bark and first cuts of a log are turned into mulch and our sawdust and chips get turned into wood pellets and paper products. It is our duty to be environmentally responsible.

The harvesting process requires at least 10 acres of woodlot.

"The only waste we have is noise, and if we could package it we’d sell that too!"

Junior Post

Post Hardwood's Foresters

Bill

Manager, Forestry Team

I’m the manager of the forestry team and oversee log sales. I began my career in the forest industry while in high school in northwest Indiana. After receiving my B.S. From Purdue University in forestry, I continued to work in the forest industry. I joined Post Hardwoods in 1991 and have helped the company grow into the diverse forest products company it is today. My vast experience helps me lead the forestry team through many changing markets and situations. In my spare time I enjoy many outdoor activities, but fishing and hunting top the list.
Michigan Counties: Allegan, Cass, and Van Buren

David

Timber Buyer

I grew up on a rural Michigan farm where working and managing the land and hunting was our life. Land and forest management is something I grew up with and have known my whole life. I have been working in the timber industry for over 22 years. I’ve worked all levels of the timber industry from truck driver, to logger that actual harvests the trees, to forestry management, to what I do now as a buyer of timber. This uniquely helps me know how all steps of the process of timber harvesting will affect a property and how we can best meet a landowner’s goals for their property.
After serving in the United States Marine Corp my wife Tracey and I returned home to live close to that farm I grew up on. Here in our beloved rural Michigan, we raised our kids and now it’s where we enjoy our grandchildren. Preserving and ethically managing our land and woods for future generations is very important to me. Proper, consistent harvesting is a protective measure for your forest as well as a valuable, renewable, financial resource for any landowner. Trees have a limited life cycle. If left unmanaged there could be losses due to overgrowth, age or disease and storms. Ethical, healthy harvesting will decrease tree losses.
As an active member of The Quality Deer Management Association, Whitetails Unlimited, Michigan Longbow Association, Compton’s Traditional Bowhunters, Michigan Bowhunters, Michigan Traditional Bowhunters, Professional Bowhunters Society and Backwoods Hunters and Anglers I particularly enjoy helping landowners maximize their woodlots for hunting.
Michigan Counties: Branch, Hillsdale, and St. Joseph / Indiana Counties: Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabush, and Whitley

Evan

Forester

I graduated from Michigan Technological University in December of 2017. I was born and raised in southwest Michigan, and service southwest Michigan and northwest Indiana. My hobbies include hiking and geocaching.
Michigan Counties: Berrien / Indiana Counties: Cass, Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, South Bend, St. Joseph, and Starke

Justin

Forester

I graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Forest Management and I have worked for Post Hardwoods since 2015. I am a member of the Society of American Foresters and am a Qualified Forester with the State of Michigan. I enjoy educating landowners about their forest, so they can make the best decisions for their property. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, teaching guitar and spending time with my family.
Michigan Counties: Kent, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, and Wexford

Heidi

Forester

I currently live in Allegan, Michigan but was born in Port Huron, Michigan. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my dog, family, friends, hunting, fishing, and training dogs. My love for the outdoors came from being around Conservation Officers, Forest Fire Officers, and working with the St. Clair County Sheriff Departments Explorer Post. I graduated from Michigan State University with two bachelor’s degrees in Fisheries/Wildlife and Forestry. For seven years I worked with the D.N.R. Fisheries and Wildlife division, where I was involved in doing wildlife habitat cuts. I have 12 years of logging experience and have the knowledge and know what it takes to harvest your timber properly. In January 2013, I joined Post Hardwoods timber procurement team as a Forester/Timber buyer. I strongly believe honest communication and trust with landowners are the keys to building a good relationship and in helping landowners manage their woodlots the best way possible.
Michigan Counties: Barry, Calhoun, Ionia, and Kalamazoo

Brian

Forester

I grew up in Chesaning, Michigan, and currently live in Bath with my wife, Lisa, and our daughters, Hailey and Ashley. I enjoy hunting and fishing when I'm not chasing my daughters around the country for softball. I graduated from the College of Agriculture at Michigan State University, where I studied Soil Science.
With over 16+ years of experience in timber procurement, I've spent the last 4½ years buying high-end logs throughout Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Northern Kentucky. I specialize in walnut, white oak, red oak, hard maple, and cherry along with other species. My extensive experience gives me a unique advantage when valuing my clients’ timber allowing for the highest possible returns. I also maintain my certification through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
I take pride in developing harvest plans that meet my clients’ needs and expectations. There are many different reasons that people harvest timber whether financial, hunting habitat, or just good stewardship. I believe landowners are the key, and their input is vital in developing a healthy harvest plan which meets both their short and long term goals.
Michigan Counties: Clinton, Gratiot, Ingham, Isabella, Jackson, Livingston, Midland, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw

"This picture is behind the first blind near some of the trees you cut. When I saw the fallen tree tops I knew immediately that you had created a perfect funnel that forced the deer to travel within 20 yards of this blind, so we made a small food plot planted with oats to condition the deer to further use this area. You can't believe the bucks that came through here. Thanks to David for working to help improve our hunting property."